UPPER WEST SIDE — A model-new faculty constructing on West 61st Road that factored into a serious district rezoning opened Wednesday forward of the primary day of faculty.
The Riverside Faculty for Makers and Artists at 300 W. 61st St. will function the brand new residence for P.S. 191 this yr, after the varsity moved from its earlier house down the road at 210 W. 61st St.
On Wednesday morning, P.S. 191 principal Lauren Keville was joined by mother and father, academics and Faculties Chancellor Carmen Fariña for a ribbon-slicing ceremony on the new facility.
“Each time I stroll out of that door, I can’t consider that is our constructing. It’s simply thoughts-blowing,” Keville stated on the ceremony. “And I can’t wait to see the look on our youngsters’ faces once they come on Day 1.”
RSMA is housed in a totally air-conditioned, 122,000-sq. foot constructing that accommodates 692 college students from pre-kindergarten by means of the eighth grade. The varsity has revamped its curriculum to give attention to science, know-how, engineering, arts, and arithmetic as instructional cornerstones, with the constructing offering college students with artwork and music rooms, in addition to science labs to encourage palms-on studying.
Andrew Chu, the varsity’s Faculty Management Staff co-chair, stated the varsity will now give attention to schooling that features a devoted maker program and workshop.
“As our new identify suggests, we select to measure our personal success by what number of college students we will encourage to turn out to be creators and collaborators in their very own methods,” Chu stated.
The varsity can also be introducing a Mandarin program for pre-Okay and kindergarten college students beginning in January, in line with the varsity’s PTA president Charles Taylor.
Amir Nickens, who submitted the profitable design for RSMA’s new emblem, has been with P.S 191 since his pre-Okay days and is now getting into eighth grade on the new constructing.
“This faculty is sort of a second residence to me,” he stated. “If I ever have an issue, regardless of how huge or small, there would all the time be somebody prepared that will help you clear up it.”
Nickens added that he was enthusiastic about being within the top notch to graduate from the brand new faculty.
“That is the one faculty I’ve ever recognized and beloved,” he stated. “I principally…